With thanks to FarFarAwaySite – I’ve added four high quality stills to 2×03 “Caleb” from Bates Motel: Season Two.
LOS ANGELES — Playing Norman Bates has presented a new direction for British actor Freddie Highmore.
Highmore, 22, plays the teenage version of one of filmdom’s most notorious serial killers in the TV series Bates Motel. In the series, Norman helps his erratic mother run a hotel in modern-day Oregon.
Bates Motel is the first television series for Highmore, who is currently finishing up his final year at Cambridge University, where he studies Spanish and Arabic. The actor started his career playing wide-eyed young boys in films such as 2004’s Finding Neverland and 2005’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
But this time, Highmore portrays an innocent, sensitive teenager who begins to transition into a psychologically disturbed young man with an abnormally intimate relationship with his mother, played by Vera Farmiga.
“I always did want to get to play a killer, so I guess that one is ticked off,” the young actor said with a laugh.
“What’s fun about Bates Motel is that the characters change so much. The Norman that we see at the start of Season One is markedly different to (the one at) the end of Season Two,” he said.
On March 3rd, Freddie visited Sawston Village College and spoke with some of the students there about his projects and answered questions. The following excerpt was posted by the Cambridge News website.
Film star Freddie Highmore took a break from showbiz – and his Cambridge University studies – to chat with Cambridgeshire pupils.
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory actor, who has Johnny Depp among his friends, was quizzed by children from Sawston Village College on everything from his favourite chocolate bar to how to juggle a Hollywood career with his education.
The 22-year-old, who is studying Arabic and Spanish at Cambridge, got 10 A*s at GCSEs despite spending much of his childhood appearing in flicks including Finding Neverland, also alongside Depp, and Golden Compass, which starred Nicole Kidman.
He spoke to 57 pupils at Sawston, which has made its own mark on the film world by winning two awards at the National Youth Film Festival for Zombie School: A Survival Guide and Carrot.
Speaking about the event, Highmore said it was a pleasure to meet people who are so enthusiastic about film.
He said: “It was a fantastic experience for me, and for them. It’s always encouraging to go and speak to children in a way that’s not part of a promotional process of people always wanting you to do stuff for a particular project.
“It’s nice to have it completely separate and just speak to people without any agenda. It’s been really rewarding.”
The event was organised as part of Into Film’s programme Behind-The-Scenes, which enables young people from all backgrounds to have access to a creative professional whilst still at school.
Lesley Morgan, arts and development manager at the village college, said he was a hit with the pupils, describing him as “charming throughout”.
Highmore is starring in Bates Motel, a Universal Channel series inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that takes a contemporary look into Norman Bates’ teenage years.
The following video was uploaded from the event.
The official A&E YouTube channel posted two clips from last nights episode of Bates Motel which are included below.
Bates Motel: Norma Confronts Norman About Miss Watson
Bates Motel: Sheriff Romero Questions Norman
Along with those, they also posted a Behind the Scenes look at the same episode, with short interview clips from the cast and more.